2017/2018 Staff Picks



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Laura Carpenter, Marketing Director

Storm Large– I saw her in New York, and she was amazing – great voice, great entertainer, funny and fearless. (That's a selfie I grabbed with her after the show.)

Melissa Etheridge – I rocked out to “Come To My Window” in high school before I even knew I was gay. I want to see both her shows.

La Santa Cecilia – I love the blend of art and activism – with such great music!

Postmodern Jukebox – I’m getting addicted to watching their videos and am excited to see them on stage.

Pink Martini – Their Christmas concert a couple years ago was one of our best date nights ever. Fantastic.


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Becky Kendall, Community Collaborator

Little Shop of Horrors - I watched this movie over and over as a kid, driving my mother crazy with my love for a singing plant. Guess who I'll be taking to the show?

TAIKOPROJECT - A group of high energy musicians that move like dancers? Sign me up.

Huntertones - I'm really excited to hear their blend of jazz, funk, and beat boxing.

Cabaret - I've always loved this musical – its portrayal of theatre glitz with a little bit of grit and, of course, Fosse.


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Jason Hodges, Executive Director

Storm Large - There are few times that I felt so much emotion during a concert as when I saw Storm. Her rendition of “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” was a complete reinvention of a classic.

The Ballroom Thieves – These guys are just fun, and they are going to work with our local youth musicians and have them on stage when they perform.

Davina and the Vagabonds – Who doesn’t love a beautiful singer fronting a kick-ass band?

Postmodern Jukebox – When they performed here last time, they brought the house down. I can’t wait to see what they do with a couple more years of performing under their belt.


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Amy Cawvey, Graphic Designer

The Moth – The podcast is on my weekly rotation. I went to the show last season and felt all of the feelings. I can't wait to hear the stories this year.

The Quebe Sisters – I'm jealous of their fiddle skills after my failed attempt in 6th grade. And those harmonies!

Davina and the Vagabonds – I'm a sucker for sassy lady singers. She makes me want to break out a record player and dance in my living room.

Pink Martini – I played Hang On Little Tomato on repeat for weeks after I saw them last time.


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Kathryn Easley, Events Manager

Cinderella – Let me say this show is theatre magic! I saw it in Seattle last year. The set is gorgeous. The music is beautiful. The updated story is funny with lots of twists. Can’t wait to see it again.

Straight No Chaser – If you love acapella you will adore this group. They have the talent and they know how to use it. Check out their Beyoncé Medley.

Storm Large – Storm’s voice packs a punch. She can ignite a room with her torchy songs. Prepare to sizzle!

Squirrel Nut Zippers – I fell in love with their Christmas albums and then moved on to everything else they offer. Look for me in the wings because that’s where I will be dancing.


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Lindsey Durrell, Communications Manager

La Santa Cecilia – #1 pick! When I first heard their song "Como Dios Manda" come through my headphones while walking on the coastal trail, I literally stopped in my tracks. They're fun and energetic, and even if you don't speak a word of Spanish, you can connect with their music.

Cabaret – Seeing this show when I was 16 inspired me to work in the arts. I thought "I can't believe my parents are letting me see this" and "This is exactly what I need right now." It's a classic, but relevant as ever. I love the message to be yourself, find your people, and enjoy life.

Davina and the Vagabonds – I'm a sucker for a soulful, emotional voice. Davina has that in spades, and great stage presence. Their version of "I'd Rather Go Blind" is one of my favorites.

One-Man Star Wars – What better way to get ready for the next Star Wars movie than a hilarious refresh of the original trilogy? Excited, I am.

Postmodern Jukebox - If you missed them last time, you missed out. PMJ was my favorite show of the 2015/2016 season, and I can't wait to experience their new material live.

Bonus: ACA All Access - not technically a show, but one of the most fun nights all year. I love kicking off the season with great people, wine and food, music, backstage tours, and surprises!


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Ronale Anson, Patron Services Coordinator

There are a lot of great shows this season, and it’s easy to find some favorites.

I’m looking forward to seeing Cantus again. Last time they were here, I went to West High with them where they worked with some of the choir students. Their close harmonies and dulcet tones are truly amazing.

I’d never heard of The Ballroom Thieves, but when I listened to a recording online, I was hooked. Harmony is a passion of mine and I love hearing a group so talented.

It’s always great to see women who play their instruments and sing Texas swing. The Quebe Sisters are a double treat.


Lorraine Hebert, Graphic Designer

Postmodern Jukebox – I have followed them on YouTube for some time and am a fan. I almost always like their rendition of a song better than the original.

Cinderella – As an artist I always appreciate the spectacle of theatre - the lighting, the costumes, the props, the set design, etc. I think this show promises that kind of visual magic.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo – I have loved the sound of this group ever since hearing them for the first time on Paul Simon’s Graceland album in 1986. I am thrilled for the opportunity to hear them live.